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Quit now, Anambra lawmakers tell Speaker, deputy

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By Enyim Enyim

 ONITSHA—The 20  lawmakers in the Anambra State House of Assembly, pushing for the impeachment of the Speaker and his Dputy, Chief Anayo Nebe and Afam Obi respectively, yesterday advised the embattled Speaker to resign or be humiliated out of office.

Rising from an emergency meeting that lasted for hours outside the House of Assembly, the group said they had resolved that the Speaker, his deputy and other four principal officers would vacate their positions to allow for the balancing of the political equation in the state.

Speaking to Vanguard immediately after the meeting, a member of the group, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the Governor was already shopping for Nebe’s replacement from Anambra North senatorial zone in the person of Mr Mike Offor, representing Anambra West state constituency.

Yesterday, the House of Assembly adjourned sitting to today, because of lack of quorum as only eight out of the 30 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members believed to be loyalists of the Speaker were present in the chambers. 

The House  adjourned at about 12.06p.m. against the usual 4p.m- 5p.m. during such sittings when important issues had to be discussed.

Soon after the adjournment and the Speaker ascended the staircase to his office,   the G-20 lawmakers led by Mr Gabriel Onyenweife arrived the premises, only to be told that the House had adjourned to today. 

Last week when the plot to unseat Nebe became manifest, he dismissed it as mere rumour, insisting that he was still the Speaker and that nobody was contemplating his sack but it might have become clear to him, yesterday, that he may be alone, when it was only eight of his men that were with him in the chambers.

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